My buddy Dave recently did some sermon research on Facebook, simply asking a question about whether Christians should drink or not (by the way, dude, you need to revive your blog!). Most of the responses are what I’ve heard for years, and most people who answered said (correctly) that drinking in moderation was OK. Of those who answered that way, some did so. Others said it was fine for others to do, but they’ve chosen not to drink. There was one answer from the no-alcohol people, however, that got me thinking. It’s the answer that I heard most in my youth in my church (where alcohol was considered the devil’s brew).
“You shouldn’t drink because you’ll ruin your witness.”
To be honest, this is one of the strangest sounding phrases I’ve ever heard. Yes, Christians, I know what it means. But that phrase, at first glance, sounds like you’ve roughed up the only person who can shed light on the mob boss during his trial. And you did it through your own consumption of beer. Somehow, the alcohol processed through your liver and goofed up the only person whose testimony on the stand could bring a conviction. Weird!
If you’re reading this and you’re not “in the know”, when a Christian (and it’s usually someone that’s been a Christian for awhile) says this, they mean that drinking (or other such activity, such as smoking or going to a bar) will damage their efforts to share Jesus with people who aren’t Christians.
So tell me. What do you think of this reasoning? I’ll let you know what I think tomorrow…